During the summer months we meet at an alternate location, as yet to be determined. If we did not have our repotting party in May we will do it in June. Otherwise, we will likely be repotting and touring at the Alaska Botanical Garden. This entry will be updated as information comes available. DO NOTE THAT WE WILL BE BEGINNING AT 6 PM, YES, 6 PM RATHER THAN THE USUAL WINTER TIME.
We will be meeting at the home of Robert Fowlkes in Wasilla for a tour of his orchid greenhouse and bonsai collection. We have always had a lovely time visiting Robert and this will be no exception. We will gather in Wasilla at 6 PM. Directions will be emailed out prior to the meeting.
Please note programs are subject to change.
During the summer months we meet at an alternate location, as yet to be determined. We will likely be repotting and touring at the Alaska Botanical Garden. This entry will be updated as information comes available. DO NOTE THAT WE WILL BE BEGINNING AT 6 PM, YES, 6 PM RATHER THAN THE USUAL WINTER TIME.
PLEASE NOTE: Our December meeting is a week earlier than normal to avoid some of the holiday issues. We will be meeting at a private home this month and a little earlier than usual. Details will follow at a later date.
We are very fortunate to have Graham from Lehua Orchids on the Big Island to speak to us this month. Here is something from Graham’s website:
Lehua Orchids is located on the Island of Hawaii (the Big island, also known as the Orchid Isle). We are on the slopes of Mauna Loa, half way between Hilo and Volcano in a community called Mountain View. In this location we enjoy the benefits of our almost daily trade winds, and nightly from the cooling effects of our “mauka” winds (winds coming down from the top of the mountain)
In this location we are able to specialize in intermediate temperature orchids. Our daily highs in summer are about 85 degrees with a 20 degree drop at night. in winter our highs are around 75 and 60 at night. These conditions allow us to specialize in our favorite orchids, Paphiopedilums, Phragmipediums, Angraecums and Lycaste.
Graham lectures extensively.
Doug Tryck has invited the club to visit his gardens on Friday, June 14 beginning at 6 PM. He has a collection of hardy orchids that should be blooming by Friday. There are several gardens and they extend up the hill a bit so you will want to wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget the appropriate clothing and mosquito repellent for this time of year in Alaska. Doug requests that children and pets not be brought to the property. His address is 3625 Rabbit Creek Road. You will find him about a mile up from the Seward Hwy and on the left. There is just a small sign for Tryck Nurseries and you will need to go through the large fence gates. This will be a guided tour so please try to be there on time so we can travel together.
The meeting will be at the home of Debbie Hinchey for our Annual Repotting Party. Members are encouraged to bring up to two plants along with pots for them, though the club usually has clear pots for sale for this event, and the club provides the potting medium along with any help you might need. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE MEETING AT AN ALTERNATE SITE AT AN EARLIER TIME THAN USUAL!
This is the same event we have participated in for decades, but with the Sears Mall now renamed Mid-Town Mall. This is our big annual sales event where we bring in lots of blooming and/or budded orchids for sale. It is an all day event and requires participation from the membership. Be sure to mark this date on your calendar! We usually give a free membership to people who buy at least three orchids and many of us take advantage of this to renew for the next year. More information to follow.
This is usually at UAA’s Cuddy Center. The club usually has a table to sell orchids and look for new members. More details to follow as they become available.
The meeting will be at the BP Energy Center at the corner of Benson Blvd. and Seward Hwy. this month. We will begin gathering at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. Marilyn Barker, retired UAA Botanist, will present a program on the native orchids of Alaska.
The meeting will be at the BP Energy Center at the corner of Benson Blvd. and Seward Hwy. this month. We will begin gathering at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. Wayne will do a repotting demonstration to include, hopefully, repotting a Cattleya as well as a different group or two.
Please note programs are subject to change.
The meeting will be at the BP Energy Center at the corner of Benson Blvd. and Seward Hwy. this month. We will begin gathering at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. The program will be an American Orchid Society Webinar entitled: Growing Cattleya Species. We haven’t talked about this wonderful group of orchids recently so I imagine there will be much interest in this subject.
Please note that programs are subject to change.
PLEASE NOTE: Our December meeting is a week earlier than normal to avoid some of the holiday issues. We will be meeting at a private home this month. Details will follow at a later date.
We will again be meeting at the Alaska Botanical Garden at 6 PM for another quick tour followed by another repotting party to help with the Botanical Garden's orchid collection. Note: This meeting begins at 6 PM rather than the later time we have during the winter months.
We will be touring the Alaska Botanical Gardens for this meeting. We will gather in the shopping area near the entrance to the garden at 6 PM--NOTE: This is an earlier time than we meet during the winter months. The staff at ABG gives us a private tour. We will likely spend some time in the greenhouse where they have a new orchid collection. This is always a treat for club members. We will be outdoors so be prepared for rain and, of course, mosquitos. UPDATE: WE WILL HAVE A QUICK TOUR OF THE GARDEN AND WILL THEN RETIRE TO THE GREENHOUSE TO BEGIN REPOTTING ORCHIDS FOR ABG.
Th June meeting will be our annual repotting party and held at the home of Debbie Hinchey--I will email directions to members shortly before the meeting. We will begin at 6 PM, I say WE WILL BEGIN AT 6 PM. Members are invited to bring up to two orchids to repot at the meeting. You will need to provide your own pots, but the club will have some available for sale. The club provides the potting medium and assistance should you need it.
We will begin gathering at the BP Energy Center at the corner of Benson Blvd. and Seward Hwy. at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7 PM. With so many new members this month I think it will be a good time to get Back to Basics. The program will be an overview about the nuts and bolts of caring for your orchids in the general context as well as covering general culture for some of the main groups of orchids in common home culture. There will also be some discussion about summering your orchids outside.
This is our largest annual fundraiser and best opportunity to talk to the public. The club will have orchids for sale individually or buy three plants with a small discount and a year's membership will be included. This is a great way to extend your AkOS membership without paying dues. We hope to have some plants that are different from the usual Big Box Store offerings. This is a fun day for club members! Please check your calendar so you can sign up to assist with the sale. Sales will be 10 AM to 5 PM. Setup will be before opening. As many regular participants know, we get swamped with customers early on when the selection is at its best.
We will begin gathering at the BP Energy Center at the corner of Benson Blvd. and the Seward Hwy. at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. The program will begin with Wayne doing a brief demonstration of mounting an orchid--a good opportunity for you to see what roots look like when they are trying to escape a too wet environment. After that we will try to watch a program from PBS entitled “Plants Behaving Badly” about orchids. This is a BBC production directed and narrated by David Attenborough. Though similar to last month’s webinar, it is so beautifully rendered I think you will not be disappointed. I will also have an AOS Webinar on hand in case that doesn’t go well. We will also be discussing the upcoming Annual Sears Mall Spring Flower and Garden Show which is set to happen on Saturday, April 7th (be sure to mark your calendar). This event is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Lots of flowers and people interested in orchids. Please check your schedule for that date so you can sign up to help man the booth...and shop!
The next meeting of the Alaska Orchid Society will be held Tuesday, December 19 at 6:00 PM. Note that this is not the fourth Tuesday of the month and not at the usual place! This is our annual Holiday Season party. We will be meeting at a yet-to-be-determined location.
We will begin gathering at the BP Energy Center at 6:30 PM with the program beginning at 7:00 PM. The program will include a webinar entitled "Judging Pleurothallids" by Esteban (Steve) Gonzalez. This group of orchids include the miniature Masdevallias and larger Draculas as well as some much larger plants that look a bit like Philodendrens, but with much longer petioles. Learning more about how they are judged in orchid shows can really inform us about what to look for in these plants. Also, Wayne will talk about some adjustments you might want to consider for winter cultivation of your orchids.
We will gather at the Alaska Botanical Garden at 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road just above Tudor road. Park in the Benny Benson School parking lot and plan to be at the office area of the ABG by 6 PM. We will be led on a private tour of the grounds by Patrick Ryan as usual. We saw the gardens in May last year so let's see how it is different in August. You will want to bring proper gear for an Alaska Summer Evening.
We will be visiting Robert Fowlkes solarium in Wasilla this month. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM Robert has a large collection of beautifully grown orchids and is also known for his Bonsai collection. Be sure to mark the date in your calendar. Directions will be emailed.
This is our annual repotting clinic where members are invited to bring up to two of their orchids to be repotted. Members must provide their own pots, but the club will provide the potting mix and advice about how to get through this important part of nurturing your orchids. We will be meeting at the home of Debbie Hinchey.